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SANTA SANGRE

Director Alejandro Jodorowsky
Year 1989
Starring Axel Jodorowsky, Blanca Guerra and Guy Stockwell
Rating R
Run Time 133min
Age Policy

18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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Co-presented by Cine Las Americas

This year, do yourself a favor and celebrate Mother's Day right for a change with this story of a boy so crazy about his dear old mom that he makes Norman Bates seem kind of balanced! With a premise slightly more straightforward than his celebrated, psychedelic cult epics, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN and EL TOPO, Alejandro Jodorowsky's SANTA SANGRE is no less feverishly brilliant and utterly affecting. It's the story of a boy who becomes the "hands" for his circus performer mother after her arms are brutally taken, but in Jodorowsky's, well, hands it's a flamboyant parade of striking ideas and imagery, taking the hysteria and strangeness of Mexican pulp art and pushing it to the limit and far beyond. It's a bizarre world of armless saints, ruthless drunken knife throwers, deformity and madness. Along the way, there is beauty, love and towering imagination. It's a visionary film that critic Roger Ebert has praised as a "a collision between Freud and Fellini." Don't miss your chance to see this cult masterpiece on the big screen… with your mom…

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